During my year in Thimphu I explored the entire city and here’s my top few must dos for Indian families and all tourists visiting this beautiful Himalayan kingdom:
# 1 Buddha Point : Great Buddha Dordenma is a gigantic Shakyamuni Buddha statue and is one of the largest Buddha statues in the world at a height of 51.5 metres. Built at a cost of $100 million, the project stands out in Thimphu valley and is a mesmerizing sight when you are driving around town. Gilded in gold and bronze it looks absolutely majestic in the bright sunshine and mystical on days when the clouds enshroud it. We enjoyed many a lovely drives to the Bhuddha Point.
Just sit back and take in the calm, peace and serenity of this lovely nation with the Bhuddha standing tall behind you and Thimphu valley spread out in the front.
It’s the most peaceful I have ever been , no hustle-bustle of the traffic, no loud blarring horns- its just you and the breeze and nature: inner nirvana.
# 2 Thimphu Chorten- This bright white Memorial Chorten with ornate golden spires in the heart of Thimphu city is another peaceful worship place for the locals.
You will come across many elderly locals who are deep in meditation with prayer beads in their hand ; paying homage in their own manner. It’s a beautiful sight to see them feeding the pigeons with small Bhutanese kids helping them.
The lovely flowers and gardens are enjoyable for photography enthusiasts.
We went on a late evening drive and the chorten looks elegant at night when it is lighted up and the bright white walls reflect the lighting.
#3- Clock tower square- The clock tower in the main market is like a community gathering where a lot of cultural events are held from time to time. On any usual day you will see small Bhutanese kids playing there, or young teens playing the guitar or simply tourists photographing the market place.
There are some very nice quaint cafes, restaurants and hotels overlooking the Clock Tower Square. It’s the place which gives you the perfect “local” vibe.